The Pathogen Box

Catalysing neglected disease drug discovery

In-silico screening of small molecule inhibitors against Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) of Cryptosporidium parvum

08 September 2018

Ajit Kumar Dhal, Alok Pani, Rajani Kanta Mahapatra, Soon-IL Yun

Computational Biology and Chemistry

doi: 10.1016/j.compbiolchem.2018.09.002


Cryptosporidium parvum is a protozoan parasite which causes waterborne diseases known as Cryptosporidiosis. It is an acute enteric diarrheal disease being severe in the case of immunocompromised individuals and children. C. parvum mainly depends on the glycolysis process for energy production and LDH (Lactate Dehydrogenase) is a key controller of this process. In this study from different in-silicoapproaches such as structure-based, ligand-based and de novo drug design; a total of 40 compounds were selected for docking studies against LDH. The study reported a compound CHEMBL1784973 from Pathogen Box as the best inhibitor in terms of docking score and pharmacophoric features. Furthermore, the binding mode of the best-reported inhibitor was validated through molecular dynamics simulation for a time interval of 70 ns in water environment. The findings resulted in the stable conformation of the inhibitor in the active site of the protein. This study will be helpful for experimental validation.

Read the full article on Science Direct.